Philadelphia Flyers (24-19-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-21-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under:
The Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 27 goals, Jakub Voracek has 50 assists and Claude Giroux has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 102 goals on 1,106 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 35 goals on 394 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 18 goals during their four-game losing streak.
The Carolina Hurricanes also need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 19 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 28 assists and Justin Williams has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 88 goals on 816 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 66 goals on 729 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Flyers are 17-35 in their last 52 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games and 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hurricanes are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record, 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Flyers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Carolina, home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers are getting killed on the defensive end during this losing stretch, and they continue to stink up the joint on the road. The Carolina Hurricanes have been hit or miss all month, but they've beat up on the teams they're supposed to beat and it's only a matter of time before they get back on track at home. But the bottom line is that I can't back the Flyers in their current form. Give me the Hurricanes on their home ice.